BJP govt is Congress plus a cow, never seen a weaker PMO: BJP leader Arun Shourie

"The way to charaterise policies of the government is - Congress plus a cow. Policies are the same," Shourie said at book launch function.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: October 27, 2015 11:42 am
Arun Shourie, Narendra Modi, Modi government, Shourie Modi government, Pointing out differences between the present and the previous governments, Shourie said “there is clearer belief (in the present dispensation) that managing economy means managing the headlines and this is not really going to work.”

In a sharp attack on the Narendra Modi government, BJP leader Arun Shourie on Monday contended that it believes that managing economy means “managing the headlines” and that people had started recalling the days of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

“Doctor Singh (Manmohan Singh) ko log yaad karne lag gaye hain (People have started recalling the days of Manmohan Singh). The way to charaterise policies of the government is – Congress plus a cow. Policies are the same,” Shourie said at book launch function.

The function to launch ‘Turn of The Tortoise’, a book written by former Business Standard Editor-in-Chief T N Ninan, was attended by Manmohan Singh, Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subranamian and former Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran.

Pointing out differences between the present and the previous governments, Shourie said “there is clearer belief (in the present dispensation) that managing economy means managing the headlines and this is not really going to work.”

Targeting Modi, the minister in the Vajpayee government said, “I feel there was never a weaker a PMO as now”. He said “there has never been as great a centralisation of functions, not power, of functions in PMO as now. …If fellows don’t dont have domain expertise, that Brajesh Mishra had, L K Jha had, all these principal secretaries had, then things get stuck.”

WATCH VIDEO – More is said that done in the present government – Shourie

Shourie said, “everybody is busy and everybody is doing very hard work, but it is not resulting in two there big things that was problem at that time(UPA government time).”

Elaborating, he said, “If you see impediments that were there in tax administration, virtually no change… Banking reform has been delayed by year and a half for no reason. So therefore this tortoise is very generous metaphor. Ye to so hi jata hai (this tortoise goes to sleep).” He claimed that industrialists are afraid of speaking against the government.

“The industrialists who meet the Prime Minister don’t speak whole truth. After meeting PM, they wonder what is happening and say ‘please do something’. And in front of media they give the government 9 out of 10,” Shourie claimed. Shourie noted that Parliament has become alibi for not doing anything.

While taking digs at the Modi government, Shourie said it should embrace everybody instead of fighting. “Don’t get into fight with everyone. If you want to build Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, you require support of 5 Chief Ministers,” he said.

Speaking at the event, Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian said the work on the draft bankruptcy law is at an advanced stage. Noting that India is one of unique development models, Subramanian said India is “a precautious development model” in both economic and political sense.

“India is a country which is not following normal economic development model…India is growing by defying its comparative advantage,” he said. “We have lots of space to grow using our cheap labour. If we don’t do stupid things then we can grow very rapidly,” he said.

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    Ram Yadav
    Oct 27, 2015 at 2:40 pm
    Eat PIG and produce childern like PIGS haaa....
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      Ram Yadav
      Oct 27, 2015 at 2:03 pm
      Shame on you joker it is open secret that you did not get birth in MODI cabinet therefore you start barking without any issue what you mean to say when UPA was running and looting our country PMO was very very good????? everyone knows very well that you and your IE work for CORRUPT CONGRESS GOONS and ITALIAN MAFIA remember one thing people like you do what ever drama you can but NO USE we will continue our support to SUPER PM / ACTION PM of ENTIRE INDIAN HISTORY DO YOU HAVE GUTS TO COMPARE 60 years(that inc your term FM under Vajpayee) with 16 months of TEAM MODI work please stop talking non scenes work for country.
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        Ram Yadav
        Oct 27, 2015 at 2:01 pm
        Shame on you joker it is open secret that you did not get birth in MODI cabinet therefore you start barking without any issue what you mean to say when UPA was running and looting our country PMO was very very good????? everyone knows very well that you and your IE work for CORRUPT CONGRESS GOONS and ITALIAN MAFIA remember one thing people like you do what ever drama you can but NO USE we will continue our support to SUPER PM / ACTION PM of ENTIRE INDIAN HISTORY DO YOU HAVE GUTS TO COMPARE 60 years(that inc your term FM under Vajpayee) with 16 months of TEAM MODI work please stop talking non scenes work for country.
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          Ram Yadav
          Oct 27, 2015 at 2:39 pm
          You are PROUDCT OF INCEST joker haaa...... PIGS is your mom haaa...
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            Ram Yadav
            Oct 27, 2015 at 2:03 pm
            super borhter
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              AMIT
              Oct 27, 2015 at 7:26 am
              Every bhakt and believer builds on this propaa that India did not move anywhere since Independence and it PM Modi who is the saviour of a desperate nation. Are you kidding me? The freedoms we enjoy today,the economic prosperity,the infrastructure boom, the highways,metro,Healthcare hospital revolution, education -infrastructure /streams, privatization of aviation,service industry,telecom etc etc -didn't happen from 2014!!!they happened because of the efforts of every government before Modi. Let's not forget, you are wagging your necks today cause you were born in the Era which made it happen. Now Modi needs to take it forward just like he promised a zillion times. He may have won people's votes but he needs to get to work along with his entire team. History will tell if he succeeds or fails.
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                Bharatk
                Oct 27, 2015 at 8:38 am
                Any PM campaigning for a political party leaving all his work unattended is disgrace to the seat of PM. Modi does not work for the people of India, he works merely for rss and bjpeee.
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                  Feardz
                  Oct 27, 2015 at 7:35 am
                  Moodi has forgotten how Americans wash there hands after shaking with him for media publicity.
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